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Ways to Display Your Ceramics Collection

My last post was about decorative ways to display a collection. That included vintage teapots, cameras, and model trains, amongst other collectibles. The Welsh Dresser style hutch that I showed in that post is a classic way to display china and ceramics  – our antique buffets are great for this too! But today I’m sharing some other ways to display your ceramics collection.

Blue and white ceramics Delft

Blue and white ceramics, especially antique Delftware, always look fantastic grouped together. This photo from my earlier post about Blue and White Delftware proves it!  Remember that if you have three or more of any one type of item – or even three or more different objects in the same color – you immediately have a collection. Group them together for maximum impact.

This photo is also a good reminder to USE your ceramics collection whenever possible. Take your blue and white ginger jars and vases down off the shelf and flaunt them in a stunning table setting like this. Just add a few simple white flowers and wait for the admiring comments!

Usually you see blue and white vases and ginger jars displayed on a shelf or table, all on the same level. What I love about this photo is that the jars are clustered both on the console table and below it, creating more dimension in a double layer of visual interest.   The tasteful blue and white looks crisp and elegant against the mellow wood table and flooring.

Create a gallery display of your collection of plates to add a beautiful dash of color to a room.  This example blends traditional blue and white plates in all shapes and sizes with some punches of lively red. It’s the perfect combination for the rustic beachy feel of this space, or for a breezy maritime look in an ocean cottage. Before hammering any nails in the wall to hang plates in a gallery display, it’s best to get your layout arranged. Place the plates on a large table or on the floor for a test run!

Looking for a completely different way to display your collection of plates? The creative couple in this 1980s ranch style home used an antique picture frame to show off their plates. The picture frame is about four feet wide and the flourishing silhouette makes a focal point of the plates.  I think this display would look fabulous with our vintage teacup and spoon chandeliers!

To finish up this mini-series about displaying your collections, I’ll be back soon with a post about storing and displaying jewelry in creative ways to enhance your home decor.

If you’ve got any examples of great ways to display your ceramics, jewelry, or collections of anything else, send them my way! Tell us in the comments or on our EuroLux Home Facebook page!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Spring Cleaning Antiques Deals

Greg and I are busy spring cleaning and sorting out some of our older inventory, which means you can pick up some great antiques deals as we cut prices on pieces that are still waiting for a good home! If you’ve had your eye on something you liked, now is the time to mosey on over to EuroLuxAntiques.com and see if we’ve reduced the price. Discounts on selected treasures are mostly around 40% off – sometimes more!

Our spring cleaning antiques deals include furniture, vintage lighting and other smaller items and decorative accents too.

Renaissance buffet in our spring cleaning antiques deals Although spring cleaning usually sounds like a chore, we’re really enjoying sorting through our stock. We always pride ourselves on our good value, but during the 10th anniversary year of our business we’ve got even more excuse to say ‘thank you’ to our cherished customers with some superb antiques deals.

For example, this fine antique French Renaissance Henry II buffet dating to 1900 has been significantly reduced to $2,820. When you consider the price of a modern buffet or serving hutch, we think that this beautifully carved oak antique buffet is a steal! At nearly nine feet high and six feet wide, the large Renaissance style buffet offers tons of serving and storage space, including a full-length plate rack. The swags and floral and medallion carvings on the doors make this a very nicely crafted piece.

Our Antiques deals include this amazing vintage French chandelier I’m sure that someone with a taste for romance will quickly snap up this amazing French vintage Rococo chandelier in the Marie Theresa style. One of my favorite spring cleaning antiques deals, the sparkly glass and metal 6-arm chandelier drips with clear jewel pendants and it’s studded with pretty rosettes. Delightful for a bedroom, foyer, or even a fancy master bath, the 25″ high vintage chandelier has now been ‘spring cleaned’ down to $580. That’s nearly half price!

 

Mueller ClockSmart investors might take note of this very rare antique clock signed by the famous clock manufacturer Nicholas Mueller’s Sons. The intricate antique Rococo clock is dated April 25 1882 on the works and it still runs and strikes the hour too! The highly detailed sculpture of a woman carrying wheat and feeding a lamb is probably the Greek goddess Demeter or the Roman Ceres, both goddesses of the harvest and fertility. We’ve slashed the price of the metal and black marble Nicholas Mueller’s Sons clock to $2,610. I might regret it tomorrow, but for now I’m in spring cleaning frenzy!

Delft and Ceramics antiques dealsI’m even taking a clean sweep to selected antique and vintage Delft, Majolica, and ceramics.  I’ll miss some of these lovely pieces as they are so decorative around the gallery, but I’m consoled by knowing they will brighten someone’s home!

To see all our spring cleaning antiques deals, browse our online EuroLuxAntiques.com gallery. The final discount price doesn’t always show on the home page, so click through to the individual item details to see the lowest spring fling price! Don’t forget our always-free shipping in the Continental US and much of Canada. Happy shopping and happy Easter!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Great Gatsby Style

I haven’t seen the new movie The Great Gatsby yet. (Greg and I are busy catching up after our 2900 Mile Road Trip to Boston to deliver antique furniture!)

But I’m enjoying all the buzz about the 1920s Great Gatsby style in the movie, from the chic flapper clothes to the period 1920s interiors. It looks like the costumes and sets are fantastic and of course we love seeing the vintage decor. Here’s Leonardo DiCaprio playing Jay Gatsby in his lavish mansion.

Those cascades of elegant white flowers are so wonderful, but he doesn’t look very happy about it, does he? I suppose he’s got more to worry about than his floral arrangements. I’m convinced those pretty pastel French macaroons are the same ones I wrote about in my post about how to hold a tea party with a recipe for Macarons Aux Amandes. Perhaps he’s resisting all those tasty treats for fear of messing up his pristine suit!

Daisy from The Great Gatsby would love this blue and white 1920s Delft ginger jar! If you’re looking to add a touch of Great Gatsby style to your home, I think Daisy Buchanan (played in the movie by Carey Mulligan) would have loved this large antique Delft ceramic ginger jar, dating to the 1920s. The graceful and sophisticated blue and white floral pattern is perfect for Daisy, as she so often wore white and surrounded herself with fresh white decor. If you take the lid off the jar, it would make a great ornamental vase to display a flourish of blossoms, too, as in the Jay Gatsby photo above.

 

 

Great Gatsby style 1920 Art Deco wall clock with grape carvings for your champagne lifestyle!Tom Buchanan (played by Joel Edgerton) might opt for this 1920s French Art Deco wall clock. He – and wine lovers today – would appreciate the grape carvings on the corners of the clock. Tom would see the grapes as a sly joke, as everyone in The Great Gatsby spends a lot of time partying with champagne, despite the fact that the story is set during the Prohibition era! The 22 inch high Art Deco clock is also just a superb example of Great Gatsby style.

 

Great Gatsby style: Jay Gatsby might like this 1920 French Renaissance-style oak buffet with plenty of space for bootleg liquorJay Gatsby always chose the best of everything, so I think he’d like this distinctive 1920 French Renaissance-style oak buffet. It’s more than eight feet tall, so there’s plenty of room for Mr Gatsby’s bootleg liquor and fancy glassware and china, and discreet drawer space for his secret documents that he doesn’t want the world to see! He’d appreciate the refined details, especially the pair of carved courtiers or princes on the upper doors, and the distinctive leaves and fruit embellishing the lower doors. As Gatsby so much enjoyed being the gracious host at his ‘roaring twenties’ parties, the sideboard would be an ideal piece of furniture for his 1920s home!

Do you enjoy the Great Gatsby style of home decor and dressing? Have you seen the movie? I’d love to hear what you think – tell us in the comments below!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Vintage Color Accents in Neutral Rooms

A room decorated in neutral colors is always so relaxing. Earthy natural tones tend to be warm and welcoming, while gray or white often create a sophisticated atmosphere. But a pop of color from antique or vintage furnishings or accessories can enhance the neutral decor even more. The color accent also provides a focal point for the space. Check out these vintage color accents for inspiration!

Our customer Anuradha V. created a very moody vignette with a 1920s green enamel pitcher from EuroLuxAntiques.com Our customer Anuradha V. created a very moody vignette with a 1920s green enamel pitcher from EuroLuxAntiques.com in her home in India. The antique enamelware lends an authentic and subtle dash of color to this beautifully simple and restful space.

The entire image almost looks like a painting from a Dutch master, doesn’t it? I can imagine seeing this in a museum!

 

Red upholstery and drapes in the antique furnishings at Wimpole Estate mansion in England give it an opulent feel.On a grander scale, the colors in this reception room in the Wimpole Estate mansion in England are actually quite plain, once you look past the stately home’s imposing size and columns!  The main decor is white and the floor is natural wood. But the rich splash of red gives it an opulent feel. The glow of the swagged red drapes draw you into the room and the red upholstered antique chairs invite you to pause a while. Queen Victoria certainly paused a while. She stayed at Wimpole Hall for two nights back in 1843.

Vintage color accents in Frank Lloyd Wright's Rosenbaum House in Florence, AlabamaThis room in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rosenbaum House in Florence, Alabama, also relies on furnishings for color accents. The fabulous spark of blue in the vintage chairs just leaps out from the rustic brick wall and wood paneling.

I’d call that a Capri blue… What do you think?

Blue and white ceramics in this simple white decor... fresh! It’s easy to inject color into a room with a collection of colorful vintage or antique pottery. I like the freshness of the blue and white ceramics in this elegant white setting. The display of bowls and vases at different levels also creates visual interest.

I always enjoy selecting classic blue and white Delft antique pottery for EuroLuxAntiques.com because it’s so pretty to look at, and it brings a timeless note of color into both contemporary and traditional decor.

Antique Blue Delft garniture clock set blue looks superb against the neutral backdrop of stone and woodOur customer Julie F. in Marquette, Michigan showed off her 1890 blue Delft garniture clock in fine style! She displayed it against a stone fireplace, as you can see in our earlier client spotlight.

The delicate blue looks superb against the neutral backdrop of stone and wood.

If you’ve used vintage or antique furnishings and accessories to add a pop of color in a neutrally decorated room, we’d love to feature it on this blog.
Send us photos of your vintage color accents!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Blue & White Delftware is Still a Delight!

Do you love how a large collection of blue and white pottery looks so pretty grouped together?  Me too.

I am just crazy for hand-painted Majolica ceramics, and I especially love Delftware, which is why we carry a large selection of Vintage and Antique Delftware at EuroLuxAntiques.com.  From Antique Blue Delft Tiles, to Vintage Blue Delft Transferware Plates, to truly unique Antique Hand-Painted Polychrome Ginger Jars like the pair below, you’ll find it all at EuroLux Antiques.

A Bit of Delftware History

In case you aren’t aware of how Delftware came to be, it all started with the European craze for blue and white Chinese export porcelain back in the early 17th century.

Wealthy Europeans just couldn’t get enough of these striking pieces, so that when there was an interruption in the supply of goods from China due the fall of the Ming Dynasty, enterprising Dutch potters from a small town in Holland called Delft, stepped in to meet the market demand.  The Delft potters imitated the look of Chinese export porcelain by using the tin-glaze techniques used by the Italians to create Majolica, also called Faience.  Below is an example of a Vintage Hand-Painted Italian Majolica Charger.

Delftware was a huge success and by the 18th century, there were more than 30 companies creating high-quality pieces in Delft, Holland.  At first Dutch potters drew on Chinese designs for inspiration, like this Antique Hand-Painted Blue Delft Vase and the Antique Hand-Painted Polychrome Delft Charger below.

Introducing Dutch Designs

However, Dutch potters soon began to incorporate elements from European culture and decorative plates were made in great numbers featuring windmills, canal scenes with fishing boats, landscapes, seascapes, and scenes of people in daily life, like these Vintage Blue Delft Transferware Plates dating the the 1950s below.

Even famous works of art were copied on Delftware plates, like this Vintage Hand-Painted Blue Delft Charger featuring the famous Dutch Golden Age painter, Frans Hals’ The Laughing Cavalier.

The Many Colors of Polychrome Delft

When the flow of Chinese export porcelain resumed under the Qing Dynasty in 1685, the Chinese brought colored wares, such as pinks and greens.  Not to be outdone, the Dutch potters created Polychrome Delftware, using all the colors of the rainbow, including yellow, orange, green, purple, dark red, brown, and black, and created different shapes too, like the Antique Hand-Painted Polychrome Ginger Jar to the left below and the Vintage Hand-Painted Polychrome Knobbelvase to the right below.

Tastes Change, and Change Again

Despite the huge success of Delftware, tastes change as generations pass and by the end of the 18th century, the market for Delftware had eroded to the point that only one of the original Delft manufacturers remained in business: De Porcelyne Fles.  The factory was purchased by an enterprising man named Joost Thooft in 1876, which marks the advent of what is considered Modern Delftware.

Since that time, De Porcelyne Fles (often called Royal Delft and marked with a bottle as shown here) has become the most famous producer of the more than one hundred manufacturers of Modern Delftware, which is still created in England, Belgium, Germany, Japan, and the USA.

An excellent book that should be on the shelf of any Delftware collector is Discovering Dutch Delftware: Modern Delft and Makkum Pottery by Stephen J. Van Hook, which includes photographs of the marks for a large majority of Modern Delftware companies.

Wall Street Journal Approved

I was delighted to find a recent Wall Street Journal article called “Delight in Blue and White”, that states “old or new, Dutch Delftware can be an excellent value – and fun to hunt down,” and mentions that the popularity of Delftware is on the rise once again.

If you’re seeking to expand your collection, you can find Antique Hand-Painted Blue Delft Gingers Jars like the one on the left below, or Vintage Transferware Blue Delft Ginger Jars like the one on the right below at EuroLuxAntiques.com!

 

 

I thought I would also link you to the wonderful blogpost, 56 Reasons Why I Love Blue and White Jars by Tina at The Enchanted Home, which shows 56 different photos of how to incorporate blue and white Delftware into your home design!

Thanks for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques Blog!

Aimee

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Client Spotlight: Franklin, TN

Kimberly in Franklin, TN, just loves Blue Delft and we don’t blame her!  The larger the collection of Antique Blue Delft, the more beautiful and impressive it looks.  Kimberly mentioned that she has Antique Blue Delft in nearly every room in her home, and was thrilled to find a Vintage Blue Delft Chandelier at EuroLux Antiques to add to her ever-growing collection.

We love it when customers send us photos of their newly-purchased pieces in their homes and Kimberly was happy to comply!

Kimberly added her own unique touch by finding beautiful silk chandelier shades to match the Vintage Blue Delft Chandelier.  You can also see she has added shades to a pretty Rococo chandelier in the dining room to the left.

We can glimpse a few pieces of Kimberly’s wonderful blue and white collection, as there are two blue and white plates on the wall at the left of the photo, a soup tureen filled with flowers on the table in the dining room to the left, and a beautiful Antique Blue Delft Ginger Jar Vase on a marble-top cabinet in the hall to the right.

I personally love the antique burled walnut Secretary Bookcase that is visible in the corner of the dining room, directly under the Vintage Blue Delft Chandelier — what a stunning piece!  Thanks Kimberly, for sharing these photos of your lovely home for our EuroLux Antiques Blog readers!

And thank you for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques Blog.

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 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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New Container Just Arrived!

Summer has arrived with a vengeance this year in South Carolina.  It was 95 degrees earlier this week while we unloaded our new container of Antique Furniture from Europe — whew!  Greg pauses for a photo before getting to work:

It took us five hours to unload because the French Antique Furniture was so heavy — our trusty helper, Frank, swears this was the heaviest load yet.  We brought in a quite a few Antique Sideboards, some of which took four men, straining, to carry off the container!

We have so many sets of Antique Dining Chairs that there is overflow between all five chairs racks!

Racks of smalls:  Antique Enamelware, Antique Chalkware, Antique Crucifixes, Antique Blue Delft, Antique Wall Clocks, and more!

It will take time to clean, wax, and photograph all of the French Antique Furniture, so it will be awhile before you’ll see everything on the website, but feel free to stop by our Gallery if you are in South Carolina, as all of the new pieces are available for viewing in person!

Thanks for stopping by!

Best wishes,

Aimee

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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